The Georgian Parliament’s Chairperson, David Usupashvili, will sign a Declaration on Parliamentary Openness anda Memorandum between the Parliament of Georgia and international and non-governmental organizations today 15:00, in the building of the Parliament of Georgia in Kutaisi.
By signing these documents, Georgia will become the first country in the region to subscribe to the Open Parliament principles and promote legislative openness within the frames of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
The initiative is supported by the European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Georgian non-governmental organization Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI).
The Parliament’s work towards key principles of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) – transparency, accountability, citizen participation, technology and innovation, is being led by the Open Parliament Georgia Working Group launched in February this year. The group includes 12 members of the Parliament’s Inter-Factional Group and is chaired by MP Tinatin Khidasheli, Head of the Parliament’s Committee for European Integration.
In the coming months, the Working Group will draft an Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan and present it to the Parliament for ratification.
The Declaration is a call by civil society organizations that monitor the work of parliament (parliamentary monitoring organizations or PMOs) for an increased commitment to openness and to citizen engagement in parliamentary work. The Declaration was officially launched at the World e-Parliament Conference 2012 in Rome, Italy, on the International Day of Democracy, September 15, 2012. The document is presently supported by more than 160 organizations from 82 countries.
The OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective and accountable. Georgia joined the OGP in 2011 and in 2014 became the member of the OGP Steering Committee.
Supporting the legislative openness is the new trend in the OGP which promotes greater openness of the legislative process and enables citizens to engage in policymaking more effectively.
The Parliamentary speaker of Georgia Davit Usupashvili declared that this government is absolutely legitimate and has the parliament confidence until the parliament approves another one.
According to Usupashvili, everyone is free to express his or her own position but he does not want to mislead anybody or create an impression of the government having no authority.
“According to the Constitution, the government is absolutely legitimate and has the Parliament’s confidence before another one is approved. You all have a right to assess the government, but I would like to ask you to refrain from suspicion,”- Usupashvili stated.
The Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili talked about the changes in Georgian government at the Briefing. Irakli Garibashvili addressed The Georgian President and Parliament:
“Georgian Government, the Ministers have scheduled very important international meetings, these visits mean a lot for our country and because of that I am asking the parliament and the president, to regain confidence as fast as possible. And also, I call the society and political parties to remain calm, because we are ready to continue our duty.”
As the Georgian Prime Minister said, there will be changes only in two Ministries: Sport and Youth Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection.
Georgian Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Levan Kipiani declared the reason of his resignation:
“The members of Georgian Parliaments Sport and Youth Affairs Committee think about their own interests first of all and not about the Country. I am not the one who thinks that way and because of that I leave”.
The former Georgian Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Levan Kipiani talk about the successful Projects, which were implemented by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.
Levan Kipiani also stressed, that he leaves the position of Georgian Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, but he stays in sport’s sphere. Former Minister did not say where will he continue his activities in the future.
The Georgian Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Levan Kipiani resigned today.
The former Minister made an announcement about resignation during the special briefing in the Ministry of Sport and Youth.
As Levan Kipiani said, he resigned because of the Georgian parliamentary sport and youth affairs committee’s announcements against the former minister and his team.
Due to the Sport’s Minister’s recent resignation, Georgia’s government is considered dissolved and its remnants must regain the Parliament’s confidence.
According to Georgia’s Constitution, the government needs to make an effort to regain the Parliament’s confidence if 1/3 of its members leave their posts. The Cabinet consists of 20 members, including the Prime Minister.
The latter can change six ministers at his discretion, but in case of a seventh minister’s resignation, the Cabinet is considered dissolved and the issue of its confidence is presented to the Parliament.
Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Levan Kipiani is the seventh minister to leave office in recent times. Under the Georgian constitution, the President must offer new government members to the parliament to regain confidence within a week.
The parliament will discuss the issue in 7 days, once the government members have been presented.
In Holiday Inn Hotel the Forum “More Investment to Development of Youth” was open with cooperation with GEC, European Youth Parliament, UN Population Fund Regional Youth Law Company “Voice of Youth” and with financial support by UN and Swedish Government within the program Gender Equality Facilitation in Georgia.
The Forum participants: MPs, field Ministries, experts and youth organizations heard the opinions of youth on their needs, considered opportunities for development of better environ for youth in Georgia and introduced approaches and measures planned.
The Forum will facilitate to ICPD action plan implementation after 2014 and public awareness, as well as development of recommendations on the national level. The plenary sessions and discussions were held. After case analysis, ICPD action plan was introduced and implementation frame as an integral part of country international obligations.
The relevant Ministries summed up the steps made by the state, including youth policy action plan measures. UN Population Fund regional law company Voice of Youth initiative group introduced so-called law document, reflecting the priorities. Forum participants discussed the following issues:
1. Protection of rights of women and girls, consideration of special needs of adult girls and facilitation to implementation of assumed obligations, including elimination of violence in gender terms.
2. Investment in capacities of youth and adults, facilitation to realization of their rights, increase their access to education, including education on sexual and reproductive health and rights, dignified employment and their participation in decision-making.
3. Provision of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for youth, increasing facilitation and complexity to healthcare systems.
After consideration of these issues, the working groups developed the relevant recommendations.
The CoE Human Rights Commissioner, Nils Muižnieks delivered the report at the April 23 session. After the speech, he answered the questions.
G. Magradze asked about forceful settlement and treatment of sound mind persons. According to N. Muižnieks, the law shall be non-discriminative. “It is necessary to have objective criterion. European states shall monitor on forceful settlement and treatment to reduce such cases. The main principles shall be that the treatment shall be based on free and informed consent by the person. Frequently others make decisions and I see it in many countries”.
Z. Kvachantiradze asked about human rights violation of the territories of Georgia occupied by Russia. “Georgian education in schools is extremely restricted and Georgian language is discriminated on the whole territory when Russian is emphasized. Do you have any real and effective means to protect interests of the population?”
As N. Muižnieks stated, in the end of the year he plans to work on this issue, including in Abkhazia and his agenda includes minority issues as well. It would be preferable to have more effective means. Joint efforts are necessary to solve the problems. “You can help me at the local level”.
Ch. Taktakishvili asked about human rights violation in Abkhazian occupied territories. Last month the state in Gali region especially was terrible. Some lawyers are under pressure in Georgia.
The Commissioner replied that he will visit Georgia and study these issues at the place.